“HDR10+, the enhanced version of the HDR10 high-dynamic-range (HDR) format that leverages dynamic metadata to maximize a TV’s black level and peak brightness frame by frame, is kicking off the New Year with an expanded roster of supporters and technical updates.
The format developed by Samsung, 20th Century Fox, and Panasonic in 2017 has been adopted by Vizio and GooglePlay, bringing the total number of HDR10+ supporters to 94. Following the recent addition of HDR10+ to select 2018 and 2019 TVs, Vizio is adding the format to all of its 2020 4K Ultra HD (UHD) TVs and GooglePlay Movies & TV will include HDR10+ support for the UHD titles it distributes, including such major studio releases as X-Men: Dark Phoenix (20th Century Fox), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal), and IT: Chapter Two (Warner Bros.).”
“The HDMI Forum used CES 2020 as a springboard to announce a certification program for “ultra-high-speed” HDMI cables to ensure products marked under that banner are compliant with all HDMI 2.1 capabilities, including 4K and 8K video, high-dynamic range (HDR), variable refresh rate (VRR), and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).
The program is expected to roll out soon but a time schedule was not announced.
To become certified, a cable of any length must undergo testing at an HDMI Authorized Testing Center (ATC) to ensure it’s compliant with HDMI 2.1 and meets requirements for minimizing electromagnetic interference (EMI). Cables that pass certification testing will carry an “anti-counterfeit” HDMI Ultra High Speed Certified Cable label (shown above) on their packaging.”
It’s not just the premium styling which sets this UST model apart from rivals. It also boasts some advanced functionality, including geometric correction, something that appears to have trickled down from Optoma’s professional AV projection lineup. This allows you to warp an image if you have something other than a flat surface to project onto. I suspect many will find the feature useful – not everyone has the luxury of a perfectly flat wall to double as a screen. For non-cinephile viewing, perhaps at a kid’s birthday party, it can actually make the most difficult of rooms bigscreen friendly.
Another welcome user innovation is automatic dimming. A sensor placed near the light path automatically dims down the projector’s light output, to protect the peepers of the inquisitive. This will be welcome in households where small children might be tempted to take a closer look.”
The 8K Association’s stated mission is to “grow appreciation and awareness of 8K products which will provide an even higher level of enjoyment which is paramount to large screen entertainment.” The association currently comprises 22 member companies, including five of the world’s leading panel manufacturers, which together represented more 70% of global TV-panel manufacturing capacity in 2019. Membership also includes technology providers and companies that create and distribute content. TV/video members include Samsung, Panasonic, Hisense, TCL, and IMAX.
“Viewers in South Korea have been enjoying 4K video and immersive audio delivered via ATSC 3.0 since 2017 and a number of U.S. broadcasters are already on-the-air with NEXTGEN TV,” Noland said. “Many more channels in the U.S. are expected to sign on as the spectrum repack is completed and stations work cooperatively to launch this revolutionary new service while also preserving current digital TV broadcasts. With a focus on the Top 40 Nielsen markets and more than 20 additional cities, NextGen TV is expected to reach more than 70 percent of the U.S. population over the next year.”